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Right Action in the Time of Coronavirus

— by Michael Maciel The problem with being a future-oriented society is that when the future disappears, everything falls apart. Our horizons have been too broad and too far-flung. It’s time to bring them closer to home. Because when we … Continue reading

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Meaning and Meaninglessness

by Michael Maciel It seems to me that there are two things that drive meaning in our lives: love and purpose. In the presence of love, even loving one’s cat, pushes the need for meaning to the side, if only … Continue reading

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Notes on the Law of Mind

by Michael Maciel   How much of our world is held together by our beliefs? I mean, held together in such a way that if our beliefs were disrupted, our whole world, including our sense of self, would fall apart. … Continue reading

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Consciousness—a direct experience

by Michael Maciel One of the problems that I see with most discussions about consciousness is that they tend to analyze it in terms of content, not consciousness as such. Hofstadter, if I’m understanding him correctly, seems to want to … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Consciousness

by Michael Maciel One of the reasons why we sometimes find it hard to connect with the consciousness of others is that we tend to think of it more in terms of content than as a thing in and of … Continue reading

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Bringing Light Into the World

by Michael Maciel Bringing light into the world is a lot like house cleaning. It’s not enough to simply open the windows and air the place out. We have to actually clean up the mess, scrub the floors, and dust … Continue reading

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The Universe as Egg

by Michael Maciel It must have been amazing for our earliest ancestors to witness a live chick emerge from what was before merely an amorphous goo. It was a high mystery.   Apart from the physical attributes of an egg, … Continue reading

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More About Easter

by Michael Maciel “I teach suffering, its origin, cessation, and path. That’s all I teach.” – Buddha Sometimes, the best way to understand your religion is by understanding someone else’s. Because if it’s universal truths we’re talking about, then those … Continue reading

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Control vs. Going With the Flow

by Michael Maciel You either control your own destiny or you let others control it for you. Does the word “control” bother you? Sounds like hubris, doesn’t it, as if we have any say over what the universe does or … Continue reading

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What Is Truth?

by Michael Maciel If we blanketly assume that our favorite beliefs are true, then we’re no better than the average fundamentalist. And being convinced that we have the corner on the market in the reality department renders us completely incapable … Continue reading

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